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Trip Category: High Country Epics


What to expect in Crested Butte:  Long rides, BIG climbs with long descents, and beautiful high alpine singletrack


Crested Butte is truly a mecca of mountain biking, and according to some it’s where it all began.  Dating back to the 1970’s, the town of Crested Butte has been at the forefront of the sport, and today it’s at the top of everyone’s bucket list.  With hundreds of miles of trails, almost all accessible from town, there’s enough here to keep even the most avid mountain biker busy for weeks.  Some of the more famous trails are the 401 Trail, Doctor Park, Teocalli Ridge, and Strand Hill.

Crested Butte has two things going for it that make it so unique:  first is the town itself.  One of the last true remaining “locals” towns in Colorado, Crested Butte exudes character and personality from the moment you pull up to the 4-way stop.  There are no traffic lights and you’ll typically see more bikes in town than cars.  Secondly, Crested Butte sits at the intersection of several mountain valleys, which allows you to link trails together very easily.  By doing this, you can do a simple 10-mile ride from downtown, or you can link together multiple trails to create an all-day 30 mile epic ride.  With Crested Butte Mountain Resort recently upping their investment in the lift-served trails on Mt. Crested Butte, this area truly has it all.


By partnering with Colorado Backcountry guides, we’re able to put together amazing itineraries that will have you licking your lips for more.  But beware, the climbs in Crested Butte are for real!


Airport Options:  Gunnison (35 min)  –  Denver (4 hrs)

“Steve is always thinking about how to improve that customer experience and cater it to the things that will put a smile on your face. I couldn’t be happier or more satisfied quite frankly with my Fall trip to Crested Butte, it was truly outstanding. From the hotel, to the guide, to the trail selection and little extras that made it all such an epic experience. I couldn’t recommend this company more, go big go Epic.”



Day One: On the first day of our Crested Butte trip, we’ll meet at the hotel at 1:00pm to get checked in and have everyone introduce themselves.  You’ll have a little time to unpack and gear up before meeting up with our guides to hit the trail.  Unless you have your own personal “feed kit”, there’s no need to worry about any of that since we’ve got you covered with plenty of energy and nutrition from Honey Stinger and Nuun.


 Our ride on Day One will combine a few of our favorites- Lupine, Gunsight, and the Lower Loops: all told, we’ll ride about 15 miles and climb around 1500 feet.  Expect an incredible “warm up” ride of smooth singletrack, a few descent climbs, and views that will blow your mind.  The ride will end in town, where we’ll have world-famous Secret Stash pizza and a post-ride beer!


Day Two:  Today’s ride is going to be BIG, so make sure you put in the miles leading up to your trip.  This “combo” ride is one of our favorites anywhere: Teocalli Ridge and Strand Hill.  We’ll start with a pretty mellow 4-mile dirt road climb to the base of Teocalli Mountain, which serves as a great warmup for things to come.  From there, it only gets steeper, as we tackle about 1.5 miles of difficult singletrack before we gain the ridge.  From here, it’s one of the best descents anywhere in Colorado, six miles of just about everything we can throw at you: smooth singletrack, techy roots, tight switchbacks, and wide open meadows.


Once we finish the first descent, we’ll cross Brush Creek and head up to the Strand Hill trails– this means a 30-40 minute climb that leads to a sweet, sweet descent through one of the most beautiful aspen forests you’ll ever see.  Remember, we always make sure the difficult climbs are worth the suffering!  All told today, expect to ride about 22 miles and climb close to 3300 feet!

Day Three: EPIC ALERT!  Today’s ride will push you beyond your limits, but we promise you’ll thank us afterwards.  Be sure to fuel up with a BIG breakfast that will give you plenty of energy to keep riding beyond what you thought possible.  You’re going to need it.


Today’s ride is a Chasing Epic original, combining some of the best trails in the world like no one else can.  We’ll hit some of the best Cement Creek-area trails for a “warmup” in the morning around 10-12 miles.  Once we hit the bottom of the second big descent, we’ll grab lunch and then begin the second half of our day on Doctor Park: one of the best trails you’ll ever ride, promise.  All told today we’ll knock off about 25 miles with just under 3000 feet of climbing, but almost 6,000 descending thanks to a morning shuttle!

Day Four:  We always like to finish up our trips on a high-note, so today we’re going to head up to the Rustler Gulch trailhead to ride the world-famous 401 Trail.  We’ll start off with a steady 45 minute climb up Gothic Road, followed by a pretty stiff climb up the 401 singletrack, which adds another 20-25 minutes.  From there, it’s all downhill back to the trailhead on some of the most incredible singletrack you’ll ever ride.  If you’re itching for more, we can always add lower 401 to top your crew off!  Today’s ride is about 12 miles and 2,000 vertical.


Once we’re finished with this morning’s ride, we’ll head back to our lodging to get everyone checked out.  The trip (sadly) will end by lunch time on the last day, in order to accommodate everyone that has to drive home or catch a flight.  NOTE: This itinerary is for example only, to give customers an idea of what to expect on a standard Chasing Epic trip.  Mileage and actual trail choices may differ due to riding ability, weather and trail conditions.